Standarized gunship model for requested airstrikes.
About this creation
The Federation T-Hawk was specifically designed and made for airstrikes of hardened ground resistance. However, unlike a bomber, the Hawk blazes its targets with heavy repeating caliber fire from its four cabin rotary guns and two autocannons. This tactic is considered "safer" than an all-out missile or bomb strike as troops can be in close proximity while the airstrike commences and can immediately advance after the strafing run is done. In order to engage small air targets, the pilot has control over one rotary chin cannon, though this gun is fixed making it useless for anything other than air-to-air engagements. The Hawk is able to identify and destroy its targets through radio contact from infantry groundside. The ground signal reflects off of an orbiting satelite which resounds back to the dish mounted on the back of the aircraft. With orders and coordinates painted, the gunship can then proceed to eliminate the threat.
The wingspan of this particular MOC was about 4 inches under 2 feet, making it a slight pain to handle. Otherwise, I was pretty happy with the way this creation turned out, especially the cockpit which I built the entire ship around. It's pretty large overall, and I didn't realize that it would turn out as big as it did. But compared to modern gunships which I based this ship off of, it's pretty small. Either way you look at it, I hope you enjoy it!
Note the little beak at the nose.
That darn slope was out of place.
Opens up perfectly.
For those of you asking why I used a steering wheel as a seat cushion, don't ask.
The pilot-controlled chin gun. Same type as cabin rotaries.
That funky radio/whatever dish I was talking about.
The distinctive engines of the Bumblebee return!
If you're looking through a pair of binoculers and see this, you're either going to be really happy or really unhappy.
Door. There's one on either side. The blur is in fact the wing tip thrust right at my camera lens. The camera didn't focus on it so the entire wing is now nothing but a blur in this pic.
Soldiers can jump from this aircraft as a heavily armed option to a normal jump. It's not advised because of the lack of space inside, but sometimes drastic measures are called for.
Imagine if there was actually a crew.
I took out some guns and supports to give you a better look at the inside.
If your a crewman of this aircraft, this is most likely what you're going to see.
Warning lights, cabin lights, air vents, oh my!
Fire control. Most of the time these guns won't actually be operated by a person, a flight officer will usually program a certain command to certain guns through fire control, allowing the steady hand of automation to rain fire on a precise target.
Just what it would be like it there was crew, except if there was guns and walls on the other side, it'd be more crowded. Not to mention all the shells that the crew needs to clean up during operations. And the smoke. And the noise!
An autocannon. These babies fire a large caliber round at an enemy every second, resulting in 60 high velocity anti-armor slugs within a minute. Reloading and maintenance courtesy of the crew.
Yes, it can move, and yes, it does stay up if you know your stuff. Also, it won't rotate around enough to hit the engines, but it and the other guns can rotate upwards to destroy its own wings (not advised BTW).
The main weapon of the craft, a four barreled rotary gun. Fires 300 rounds per minute when fully warmed up after 5 seconds. Less caliber than the autocannon, but can still rip through even Federation body plate.
Unlike the autocannons, which are entirely controlled by the fire control officer, the rotaries can be manually operated by the crew. It's not recommended because of the intensive recoil which throws off human aim, but if fire control's down or is busy, then it's up to the crewmen to take care of the dirty work.
Back of the engines. Notice the two small 1 x 1 cylanders beneath the tail. Do not notice the large black monstrosity holding the craft in the air.
Yeah, I put the entire scene right above a small squad of soldiers.
The gunship is headed toward the combat zone. These grunts are the reinforcements for the platoon already at the combat zone which requested the airstrike.
If I had the brains to be a true Photoshop master, then I think this shot would be perfect for some overhead sky scene with the gunship raining fire down on an enemy position. Oorah!
What if that whole stand just collapsed? I built a gunship nearly the same size, and it's suffered about seven crashes. Each time, the plane was broken down to roughly 4 by 4 brick blocks. By the way, you should consider brickarms miniguns for the rotaries. Not to mention assualt rifles for the troops.
At first, I was going to say "it that's a gunship, the wings should be shorter and the engines should be larger and able to maneuver more freely", but now that I see what kind of gunship you mean, I think that's an awesome concept.
I like it
October 14, 2007
waw, this is sweet. you may want to work a little on the gun ports but i probably wouldnt. :P